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MC goes into overdrive
To clear encroachments in city and National Highways from today

Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 16
Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is all set to carry out a major demolition drive from tomorrow to clear encroachments and violations on all scheduled road and national highways in the city.

After meeting officials of the building branch of the corporation in which all related issues were discussed in detail, Municipal Commissioner MS Jaggi told The Tribune that in all 18 encroachments along the scheduled roads and another 66 in upmarket commercial area of Ghumar Mandi were identified by the field staff of the building branch.

Similarly, 661 violations were established along the scheduled roads and national highways in all four zones of the city. “Notices were served on the violators and structures were marked with red paint,” Jaggi said while adding that the demolition drive would commence from Chhawni Mohalla where identified encroachments along the National Highway (Old GT Road) would be removed.

Director, Local Government, Punjab, AK Sinha had convened a meeting of top officials of the civic bodies at Chandigarh last week in which all heads of the municipal bodies were directed to expedite action with regard to removal of encroachments and violations along scheduled roads in a time-bound manner.

According to Jaggi, the corporation had served more than 2,700 notices for violations in road reservation along the scheduled roads within the city and over 2,000 of them had provided documentary evidence of the construction of the structures before the cut off year (1995). “We shall act against those violators who had failed to file objection or replies as to the violations while the objections received by the corporation were also being examined.”

After removal of encroachments, which is expected to take two to three days, the corporation will move towards clearing the violations, Jaggi added.


Trade with Pak
Traders for opening of Golden Track
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Traders want re-opening of the “Golden Track” once the trade at Attari-Wagah border resumes. Even the Punjab government has demanded re-opening of the Ferozepur and Fazilka border for trade and transit with Pakistan. The government’s demand has rekindled hope among traders for revival of trade activities.

The re-opening of pre-Partition rail link between Ludhiana and Karachi, popularly known as “Golden Track”, could change the fortunes of these border districts in particular and will also give boost to trade in Punjab and North India.

“The Golden Track, which runs between Ludhiana and Karachi via Ferozepur and Fazilka, was the most economically viable and shortest route on which trade activity flourished in pre-Partition days as Karachi and Ludhiana were the hub of industry and trade in those days too, muses Harinder Singh Nanda, 80-year-old trader from the old city area.

All towns en route this rail link also contributed in a major way. Fazilka was one of the largest wool and cotton markets of the northern region in those days. Its trade activities extended up to erstwhile Burma (now Myanmar) and Liverpool in England through this route, he added.

“If the ‘Golden Track’ is re-opened it would give a boost the trade in the city. Since trade at the Attari-Wagah border has been opened, hopes have been kindled that “Golden track” will also once again see trade flourishing here,” added Lalit Jain, another industrialist from the city.

Down the memory lane

This 1,000-km-long rail track was set up by the East India Company. The Indian raw material was transported through this rail link to Europe, East Asia and the Gulf. The areas surrounding Ludhiana, Ferozerpur, Fazilka (now in India) and Amruka, Samarsatta and Minchanabad, Hyderabad to Karachi port (now in Pakistan), which fall along this track, flourished. With Partition, the link was snapped and it had a telling effect on the economy of these places.



Excise dept raids 2 shops
Given 48 hours to present bill books
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Sales Tax officials raid a shop on the Mata Rani Road near Akalgarh Market. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 16
The Excise and Taxation department today raided two shops located on the Mata Rani Road near Akalgarh Market. RS Electronics and RS Watch were raided by the department under the supervision of Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, District II, Jaskaran Brar.

As the fear gripped the market, nearby shopkeepers also downed their shutters. The entire market wore a deserted look while the department officials were carrying out the raid.

“Both shops were raided on a tip off that they were bringing consignments without bill through the Railways. During the raid stock verification was done, but we found no bill books with the owners. We have given them 48 hours to present the bill books to the department,” Brar added.

The department has launched a special drive to discourage the practice of bringing consignments without bills through the Railways. “Recently mobile wing of the department had seized nearly 400 consignments from the railway station that were coming to the city without bill. The department has tightened a noose around the offenders and anybody violating the law will be dealt with sternly,” Brar added.

Team of officials who conducted the raid today was Randhir Kaur, Kiran Sharma, Bhupinder Dhillon, Davinder Kumar, Shashi and Bhushan.



500 lambardars’ post lying vacant
Following HC’s order, govt asks admn to provide details

Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
At least 500 posts of lambardars in the district are lying vacant. And the officials in the district administration are busy preparing the list of posts lying vacant. The state government has asked the administration to submit the details at the earliest.

An official at the District Revenue Office said earlier Lambardars used to collect revenue in villages itself, but that practice had now been stopped. These days, lambardar or the village “headman” was attached with patwaris, who basically played the role of a witness in land registration deals.

“We have been asked to prepare a list. Over 500 posts are lying vacant in many villages in the Ludhiana district. Any person fit for serving, can become lambardar and the state government pays a lump sum amount to them. Their appointment is also a tedious task as villagers or aspirants provide their names to patwaris, who pass it on to tehsildars. They forward their names to the SDMs, who finally send it to the Deputy Commissioner, who appoints them,” said an official. The High Court has directed the Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Punjab, to take appropriate action against the official, who failed to produce the record inspite of the court’s order. Further, the financial commissioner has been asked to submit report to the court that how many posts of lambardars were lying vacant in the state and since when. The court has further directed that the financial commissioner will ensure that posts of lambardars should not remain vacant for more than six months.



Want to evade customs duty, beware
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Next time you pass through the green channel of the airport but runs into a customs official, who finds something amiss, get ready to be slapped with a non-bailable warrant.

The government’s move, in the form of an amendment of the Section 104 of the Customs Act, 1962, seeks to nullify the Supreme Court’s liberal approach to cases like evasion of custom and excise duties by proposing stringent bail provisions in all such matters.

“Not declaring goods to customs officials could land you in trouble. The Finance Bill proposes to add sub-section 104a to the Customs Act, which implies that no person accused of an offence punishable for a term of imprisonment of three years or more under Section 135, pertaining to evasion of duty, shall be released on bail unless a few conditions are met,” said a senior customs official.

Smuggling of various goods, including currency, is detrimental to national interest and also has security implications. The proposed amendment specifies that bail can only be obtained after the public prosecutor gets an opportunity to oppose the application for release in such a case.

Another rider is that in instances where the public prosecutor opposes the application, the magistrate must be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that the accused is not guilty and that he is not likely to commit any offence while on bail. Persons below 18 years, women or the infirm, may also be released on bail on the magistrate’s discretion. Suspects involved in smuggling could directly be sent to a jail without getting any chance of bail.

Proposed Amendments

The Finance Bill proposes to amend the Customs Act, 1962, to ensure that no person accused of an offence under the Act, which has a prison term of three years or more, shall be released on bail or on his own bond unless:

  • The public prosecutor has been given an opportunity to oppose the application for such release; and
  • Where the public prosecutor opposes the application, the magistrate is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that he is not guilty of such offence and that he is not likely to commit any offence while on bail.



Harried colonisers want govt to amend policy
Regularisation of unauthorised colonies
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, April 16
Facing the heat from the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), colonisers and realtors, especially those who had developed unauthorised colonies in different parts of the mega city, have urged the state government to bring a soft policy for granting new licences and regularisation of existing colonies.

In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Administrator of GLADA today, the Ludhiana Colonisers’ and Property Dealers’ Association reminded the ruling coalition of their poll promise to regularise all existing colonies on “as-is-where-is” basis with minimum compounding charges so as to provide all basic amenities to lakhs of people who had purchased plot in these colonies.

Kultar Singh Jogi and Kamal Chatley, who led the symbolic protest before handing over the memorandum to the GLADA authorities, said it was regrettable that instead of fulfilling the promise made in the election manifesto, the government had given a go ahead to the GLADA for carrying out demolition drive in the unauthorised colonies.

The association demanded that all existing unlicenced colonies be regularised after charging the composition fee from the developer and the payment on account of change of land use (CLU) and external development charges (EDC) be collected from the plot owners at the time of registration of sale deed or approval of building plan.

The colonisers further called for speedy disposal of applications for new licences preferably through a single window, simplification of procedure, provision for payment of CLU charges through half-yearly installments in three years, reduction of area by an acre for group housing schemes, abolition of CLU in notified residential, commercial and industrial zones as shown in the master plan and exemption to economically weaker section (EWS) houses from building fee so that the builders and developers could provide more and more affordable EWS houses to the poor people.

The realtors urged the government to discuss all related issues threadbare with the representatives of the real estate sector and bring about necessary amendments in the prevailing policy so that unauthorised colonies could be regularised while at the same time development of unlicenced ones could be effectively and permanently checked.



SHO in trouble
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Bittan Kumar, SHO, Salem Tabri, who has recently shot to fame for busting several gangs of robbers and snatchers operating in old city area, is in trouble after an expectant woman alleged that she suffered a miscarriage after he manhandled her during a raid at her house in Salem Tabri yesterday.

The woman identified as Jyoti alleged that the police had raided her house to nab her husband and brother- in- law Manjeet Singh and Manjinder Singh, respectively.

The SHO said the woman was making use of cheap tactic to shield her husband and brother-in-law.



Home science college fails to attract boys
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
College of Home Science at Punjab Agriculture University failed to attract the male students in home science classes despite opening admission for boys in the year 2009 by introducing BSc degree in nutrition and dietetics.

Authorities said last year only three male students took admission in nutrition and dietetics course. Three streams are running in the college i.e. BSc Home Science, BSc Fashion Designing and BSc Nutrition and Dietetics. There is a myth about home science that it is a women dominant course, but PAU authorities tried to break the stereotype.

"Home science is no more science of kitchen. It has become an industry in the competitive world. Moreover, involvement of man and women in domestic task is frequent nowadays, "said a home science student.

Neelam Grewal, Dean College of Home Science, PAU, said, "There are a number of home science colleges throughout India where boys are in good strength. But it is different in Haryana and Punjab. Due to the lack of awareness, home science is still considered as a subject for girls. However, best chefs and designers of the world are males.”

"We give emphasis on the communication and business skills of the home science students. Our students are doing well in various fields. Moreover, students are enrolling for the course because it provides good opportunity abroad," said Grewal.



Students’ fate hangs midway
MBA results yet to be declared as PU V-C, director continue to fight

Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
The future of the candidates whose interviews were taken last month for admissions in MBA course at Panjab University Regional Centre seems to be hanging midway. It is learnt that the interview panel was not approved by the vice chancellor of Panjab University, RC Sobti.

According to the norms, the vice chancellor nominates or gives approval for the names featured in the interview panel.

Sources said the list of panelists sent by the director of the regional centre, Deepak Kapoor, was not approved by the vice chancellor.

A revised list was sent to the VC but it was not approved by him. He questioned the criterion on which the panelists were selected. Following the incident the director conducted the interviews giving two hoots to approvals or norms. Sources said the director was of the opinion that the centre was competent enough to decide about interview panel. Sources said the issue is still in the stalemate and the results have so far withheld.

Vice chancellor declined to comment on the matter when questioned. Deepak Kapoor was also unavailable to comment on the matter.

The regional coordinator Ravi Inder Singh said he only followed the instructions of the director.



Pollution worries Villagers
Effluents from factories contaminating water bodies
Gurminder Singh Grewal

Samrala, April 16
Residents of several villages, including Dhande, Neelon, Pal Majra and Garhi, are paying a heavy price due to contaminated water bodies of the areas. Factories effluents are drained out in the water body here, which are killing fishes everyday.

An environment lover Harpreet Singh of Dhande village alleged that everyday several tankers from Ludhiana-based factories come here to deposit waste produce in the Dhande drain. Some of the local factories are also contaminating the water bodies here, he added.

He said trees are also vanishing from the area due to water pollution. He alleged many factories have not installed water treatment plants and they release untreated polluted water in the Dhande drain on a regular basis.

Yesterday Naib Singh, a resident of the village, witnessed several dead fishes in the drain and informed the village Sarpanch Satvir Singh. They visited the site and found several dead fishes as well as dead plants near the drain.

The villagers were disturbed with the incident and have threatened to seize such tankers that attempt to unload polluted water here. Meanwhile, BKU President Balvir Singh Rajewal has demanded an enquiry into the matter. He said they would raise the issue with the authorities concerned and would not allow the factories to pollute the area any further.



Experts moot Punjab economics panel
The body will review government polices

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Economics professors are taking initiative to create Punjab Economics Association in the state. Some professors from different parts of the state are getting together to form the association on the lines of Bengal Economics Association and Gujarat Economics Association. The purpose of the association would be to form a platform to discuss the state economics and to exchange knowledge on the subject.

The association would review the policies of the government and would provide a platform for students to train themselves through various seminars and workshops. Teachers and researchers can also reap benefit of such an association. Prof Pooran Singh from SCD Government College, said, "We also plan to bring out research journals in economics. He would be the president of the association.

Some of the proposed names for the members of the association include Prof Baldev Singh, HS Sidhu, former chairman of the PSEB, Rakesh Kumar from Punjabi University regional centre, Bathinda, in addition to experts in economics.

Prof Pooran Singh said there is an urgent need for such an association to take stock of the policies and advise measures to propel the economy of the state.

Bengal Economic Association has members like renowned economist Amartya Sen. "On the same lines, we want to bring together the best brains in economics to give a new fillip for research and exchange knowledge on the subject," he said.

"An economic association is important, as almost all the states have their economics associations," said Prof Baldev Singh, retired professor of Economics, Punjabi University. "It would be a very positive step, and would open a way to progress," he said. He said the culture of discussion and exchange through such platforms would be very rewarding.



Ludhiana scan
Meeting of karamchari dal

Meeting of the working committee of the Ludhiana Punjab State Karamchari Dal Punjab was held here on Monday at Chatar Singh Park. State presidents and other members took part in the meeting and it was decided that May 1 (Labour Day) would be celebrated at the Mini Secretariat and workers from all over the state would be coming to take part in it. A deputation from Punjab will also meet the Chief secretary, Punjab government, and present their charter of demands.

Members inducted

Meeting of the Shiromani Akal Dal, Bazigaar Cell was held at Doraha on Monday, which was presided over by chairman Mahinder Lal. New members were inducted into the cell. Speaking on the occasion, Lal said they were happy that the government was giving due representation and respect to their community. "Since the Badal government worked for the welfare of the general public that why it came to power for the second time," he added.

Reformation function

A function was organised to celebrate the reformation of the Akali- BJP government at Gurdwar Charan Kawal, Machiwara led by Kirpal Singh and Jagjeeven Singh from the Shiromani Akali Dal circle Machiwara and Samrala. On the occasion, party leaders thanked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for electing Charanjit Singh Atwal as the Speaker of Punjab Assembly, Saranjit Singh Dhillon as the PWD Minister and Amreek Singh Aliwal as chairman Punjab Agro. On the occasion, various political personalities addressed the audience. — TNS



Baisakhi celebrated with fervour at Sutlej, Lodhi clubs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Baisakhi was celebrated with fervour at Sutlej Club and Lodhi Club in the city. The members of the clubs had a fun-filled evening. At Sutlej Club, noted Punjabi singer Amrinder Gill performed and entertained the members of the club. The audience had a good time listening to the popular songs like Mel kara de rabba, Ki samjhya sajna at the event “Hulle Hulare”.

"I just love Amrinder Gill and it was an absolute delight to see him sing live," said a member. Another member said that Amrinder's songs were on top of his playlist in his mobile. It was fascinating to watch him sing live.

Some members were also relieved to see families coming forward to participate in the festivities together. "It's been long since families participated in the function," a senior member said. "The atmosphere of the club had become a bit stiff during the run-up to the elections. It was good to see some respite from all that and camaraderie amongst members," she said.

Bhangra and gidha troupe from Delhi and a western troupe had the members dancing to the foot-tapping music. Senior citizens from old-age home were especially invited for the night.

"It was a night of celebrations and fun at Lodhi Club," a member said. New Year begins on Baisakhi in the real sense, and it was fun to start the year with song and dance, he said.



Day after levelling rape charges, girl backtracks
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 16
The incident of alleged rape took a new twist when the complainant backtracked from her statement today. In fact, a girl of Bhundri village had in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that two youths of Salempura village had raped her for three consecutive days.

But a day after leveling the rape charges, the complainant today backtracked from her earlier statement. The girl even refused to go through a medical examination.

The girl told the police that she had lodged the complaint after being misguided by someone. Two contradictory statements by the girl within two days have baffled the police. It is investigating the matter from various angles.

The girl had met SSP Ludhiana (rural) Amar Singh Chahal two days ago and alleged that two youths had raped her. The girl, who works at a beauty parlour in Ludhiana, had told the SSP that she was waiting for a bus at the bus stand of her village to visit Ludhiana on April 9 when two youths arrived and offered her lift in their car.

According to the girl, she knew one of the youths who own a health club in Ludhiana. She accepted their offer, but instead of taking her to Ludhiana, they forcibly took her to a small room situated in the fields near Ludhiana and raped her for three consecutive days.

SHO of the Sidhwan Bet police station Gurpreet Singh said though the girl arrived, but she refused to get herself medically examined. She backtracked from her earlier statement, but gave a written undertaking that she does not want any action.



Elderly woman found dead
Daughter alleges foul play

Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, April 16
An elderly woman of Dholan village located on the Jagraon-Raikot Road was found dead under mysterious circumstances. The deceased has been identified as Manjit Kaur. She used to live with her grandson Jaspreet Singh after both of her died.

Initially, the villagers thought she had died a natural death. But they were taken aback after her married daughter arrived with a police team and stopped the villagers from cremating her.

She accused Manjit’s grandson of killing her mother. Following this the police took the body into its custody and sent it for the post-mortem examination at the local Civil Hospital.

In her statement to the police, Rajinderpal Kaur, Manjit’s daughter, who stays in Ludhiana after marriage, alleged that Manjit’s grandson had killed her to usurp her property.

According to Rajinderpal Kaur, her mother had been living with her grandson after her brothers’ death. “My mother owned more than 5 acres in the village. The property is worth several lakhs. Jaspreet is a greedy person and wanted to usurp her land and therefore he killed my mother,” she alleged.

Jaspreet Singh, however, denied allegations levelled against him by his own aunt. He claimed that his grandmother had already transferred the land on his name long time ago. According to Jaspreet Singh, his grandmother was 85-year-old and died a natural death on Saturday night. Even Rajinder Singh, village sarpanch, and other members of the panchayat backed him.

The police handed over the body to family members and villagers in the evening. A police team was present during the cremation.

Investigating Officer Gurtej Singh from the Sadar police station said the post-mortem report of the deceased for the laboratory examination and the exact cause of the death could be ascertained only after that, he added.

“We have come to know that there was a dispute between Jaspreet and Rajinderpal Kaur over the property. Both of them are already fighting a court case in this regard,” he added.



GADVASU scientists discuss ways to formulate research proposal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) organised a two-day workshop on “Developing winning research proposals” which was conducted by experts from National Academy for Agriculture Research and Management (NAARM), ICAR, Hyderabad.

The inaugural session was presided over by Dr SNS Randhawa, Director of Research, GADVASU.

Dr Randhawa welcomes the distinguished scientists from NAARM, Hyderabad, and encouraged the faculty as well as students to actively participate in the workshop.

In the workshop, Dr Rama Rao, principle scientist, division of information and communication management in NAARM along with his team members Dr SM Virmani, fellow of NAAS, retired chief scientist, ICRISAT, Hyderabad, and Dr J Challa, retired principal scientist, NAARM, addressed the participants in eight technical sessions. The session was on the development of good research proposals for submission to national and international funding agencies across the country and abroad.

Dr SM Virmani stressed upon writing research hypothesis and the importance of formulating objectives and appropriate keywords in a research proposal. Dr Challa talked on proposal budget preparation and stressed that it was the core issue in proposal preparation. He said it was important to have ethical touch to the proposal without inflating or deflating project expenditure. Dr Rama Rao discussed in detail on results frame work which was another important step that was needed to keep in mind during proposal preparation.

Dr A Bandopadhay, national coordinator, National Fund ICAR, also attended the workshop and interacted with the faculty members and students of GADVASU. He encouraged and guided the scientists to formulate research proposal in national fund scheme of ICAR and other funding agencies. He also visited the departments and schools of GADVASU. He interacted with the scientists and appreciated the facilities created for undertaking basic and applied research in GADVASU in last six years.

The concluding session was chaired by Dr VK Taneja, vice-chancellor of GADVASU, who motivated the scientists to submit good research proposals and stressed upon the importance of research projects to earn external funding in the coming years. In 2006, the university had 12 earned research project worth Rs 76 lakh.



Tattoos a fading fad among youngsters
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Tattoo is quickly turning into taboo for many youngsters who get it. Lakhbir Singh, an MA student, said that he had got bored of his tattoo covering his arm till the neck after a few months. "I got this tattoo covering my arm and I no longer find any need for it. But there is no going back. Removal of this is too cumbersome for me. So I'll have to live with it," he lamented.

Dr Ravindra Tah, a city-based plastic surgeon, says that 90 per cent of youngsters who get tattoos on their bodies regret having it within a month. He said that many youngsters come to him to get their tattoos removed. "They either get the tattoos done under peer pressure or it’s an impulse, but realise the mistake later" he said.

Many youngsters see movies and follow actors blindly least realising that the actors wear temporary tattoos, he said. Many youngsters come to get their lovers name etched on their arms and later to remove it before they get married. Gaurav said that he now disliked the tattoo on his arm and wore full-sleeved shirts to hide the "embarrassment". He would get another tattoo made to camouflage it. The Army doesn't recruit anyone wearing a tattoo, and they are less likely to get selected in public sector, or even in a private job, Tah said they seek removal before joining.

“What youngsters do not realise that tattoo is something that is going to stay with them forever. It is not like a fad or fashion that you can change over a period of time, said Harjeet Singh, a resident of Civil Lines.

Tattoo makers should only make temporary tattoos lasting a month or so for the youngsters so that if they do not want it later on their bodies they can remove it, a resident said.

Various problems like allergies, infection, itching, scars can result from it. The process involves piercing, which can be very unsafe, youngsters can get infected and it can prove dangerous as well. "These can also cause Hepatitis B, C or they can be nfected with HIV," Tah said. He said that the techniques include Q-switched laser, pulse-dyed laser, or excising the patch of skin and replacing it with others, he said. But despite all these techniques ghost marks remain.

Although tattoo makers claim that the equipment they use is sterilised, but nobody makes any checks, the health officer should check the equipment used by these artists.

Some feel that natural body is better than permanently marked one. "It is like vandalising your own body. We are blessed with a beautiful body, and we should respect that," said Garima who got her tattoo removed. "Even if you have to make a statement, you do it by wearing trendy clothes with an attitude, rather than spoiling your own skin," said Navneet Verma, a resident.



Gurthali Bridge
No check on heavy vehicles crossing weak bridge
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, April 16
"The bridge is weak, hence the passage for heavy vehicles is strictly banned” goes the warning on the board placed near the Gurthali Bridge at Doraha. But the heavy vehicles pass as a matter of routine and no authority seems to be really bothered about the dangerous consequences it may result in one fine day.

The heavy vehicles just passing by may look to be less dangerous but those getting stranded on the already ‘weak’ bridge, sometimes for hours together, due to narrow passage, is sure to give a chill down the spine of every onlooker and more so of the commuters who are in line to cross the bridge.

“The authorities seem to be least concerned about the security of the motorists as there is literally no check on passing of these vehicles. Big trucks, tractor trailers etc pass every now and then. How long will the weak bridge be able to bear the weight of the heavy vehicles”, complained a commuter.

The matter has been highlighted a number of times through the columns of Ludhiana Tribune and the officials too have been made aware of the impending danger, but to no avail. “The authorities seem to be too busy in accomplishing the project of four laning. It seems they have no time to attend to such issues. Even if something adverse happens tomorrow, they will steer clear of the whole issue by puzzling laymen with one technical fault or other, in which, they as an authority seldom have any role to play” ridiculed a commuter.

“The entry of the heavy vehicles should not be allowed at any cost. Proper check posts at both ends, one at Doraha town and the other at Ludhiana should be installed, so that no such vehicle is able to cross the limit even during the night. Otherwise, one fine day the motorists will have to pay heavy price due to the serious lapse on the part of those concerned. These heavy vehicles add to traffic congestion too which proves to be a bane not only for commuters but also for residents of the nearby villages and towns” commented a resident of Buani village.

Angrez Singh, in charge, canals, when contacted said that the inconvenience is more due to the ongoing work of four laning. “We can always stop the passage of heavy vehicles from over the bridge as we had done at one time but I do not think the problem is that grave. As far as the traffic congestion on the bridge is concerned, till the four laning is accomplished, the commuters will have to bear with us as our own machinery sometimes adds to it”, he added.



CM: Ready to spend money to preserve rare buffalo breed
Wants to import semen of Neeli-Raavi breed from Pakistan
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked GADVASU Vice Chancellor Dr VK Taneja and others concerned to come up with necessary measures for the conservation of indigenous breeds of cows and buffaloes like Sahiwal and Neeli-Raavi.

The CM said the state government was ready to spend money for importing semen of Neeli-Raavi buffalo from Pakistan as it was necessary to save such rare breed.

The CM had a meeting with experts on agriculture and livestock at Chandigarh recently that was attended by Dr VKTaneja as well.

Dr Taneja said the CM wants Sahiwal and Neeli-Raavi breeds, which are known for its quality of milk, must be conserved. “State government is ready to provide enough funds for the semen to be imported from Pakistan. The CM wants that farmers must be encouraged to bring the best breed of cows and buffaloes to give boost to the dairy sector," said Dr Taneja.

The VC further said the quality of milk of these rare breeds was affected after mating with other breed. He also informed that GADVASU had sent a proposal to the state government requesting to come up with good fish markets. "We told the CM that in Punjab many farmers are in aqua-culture but due to poor markets the industry is not getting enough boost," said Dr Taneja adding that the CM liked the idea and asked the authorities concerned to look for good markets and funds will be provided by the state government.

"Showing concern towards the farmers from Bathinda, Fazilka, Abohar side, the CM has asked all to think how to better the salt-affected area.



Kids learning aggression from TV cartoons, says expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Psychiatrists and mental health professionals from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan and Delhi attended the North zone Continuing Medical Education (CME) of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) at a hotel here today.

The theme of the conference, inaugurated by Dr Ajit Awasthi, professor, department of psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh, was "new challenges in psychiatry".

Dr Rajeev Gupta, organising chairman and president of the Indian Psychiatric Society, said the young psychiatrists were trying hard to reach the mentally ill people.

Chief guest Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA, Ludhiana, spoke on the increasing violence, road rage, suicides among the youngsters and the need to come up with ways to tackle these. Dr Awasthi said two decades ago, people were not aware of psychiatric disorders. Now, the scenario had changed.

Dr Sandeep Goyal, associate professor., CMC, Ludhiana, and organising secretary of the CME, said the scientific sessions were immensely successful. Dr D Basu, professor., PGIMER, Chandigarh, discussed new advances in addiction medicine. He said that addiction was a brain disorder that required adequate treatment and that in future, vaccines for various addictions were expected to be launched.

Dr Deepak Gupta from Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, spoke on the increasing violence among youngsters. "Nowadays, children are very demanding and materialistic. They spend a lot of time watching TV and learn aggression from cartoons. They also suffer from stress due to peer pressure."



Exposure to TV, internet leads to extra-marital relations: Psychologists
Anupam Bhagria

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
City-based psychologists and psychiatrists feel that more and more exposure is a reason behind increase in the number of illicit relationships.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Ravinder Kala, psychologist and director counselling wing of Dr Kala Nursing Home, said, “These days there are a lot of sexual and psychological awareness on television and over the internet. Our society, which used to be a very conservative society, is now exposed to latest information. This way people are becoming more open or say more progressive and less conservative. I have observed that women are more aware of their sexual needs and rights. All this is leading to marital discord. Through Facebook people are becoming friendly with people of distant places. People are using Skype, video-chatting for more intimate interacting.”

She said another major reason is that male and female workers work together and go out for parties organised by offices. Gradually they develop a distance from their life partners.

Dr Arun Sood, senior consultant at psychotherapist department of Psychiatry Christian Medical College and Hospital, said, “Nowadays women have freedom. They are highly qualified and work away from their home. Moreover, the lifestyle of film fraternity is also influencing people and many followed that lifestyle.”

While Dr Rajiv Gupta, a clinical psychiatrist, said, “With exposure to TV, internet and etc, people are becoming more curious to know about others. Many a times people who are not mentally satisfied with their partner fall into the trap of extra marital relations. They start finding fun outside. People love to have extra-marital relations as there is no commitment involved in it.”

He also said on many occasions old boyfriend and girlfriend (who did not get married) search each other through Facebook. The old spark revives and they get involved in extra-marital relationship.



From schools
Poetry recitation contest

Ludhiana: An English poem recitation competition was held at GNPS, Model Town Extension, for the students of class V here on Monday. More than 30 students participated in the competition. The poems were recited beautifully keeping in mind the rhythm, mood, diction and expressions. Dr. Harjit Kaur Dua, headmistress of the school, expressed that such competitions enabled the children to develop taste and appreciation for poetry.

Adventure camp

A thrilling and exciting one-day adventure camp was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, for the students of classes IV and V. A team of experts conducted it. About 200 students participated in the adventurous activities like commando bridge, double treble, rock climbing, tyre crossing, tent pitching, monkey crawling, commando net crawling, Australian trolly and rappling. They were first divided into six groups and the children participated enthusiastically.

Inaugural ceremony

MGM Public School opened a new branch i.e, M.G.M School in Urban Estate, Sector-32, on the Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana. The branch was inaugurated by chief guest Malwinder Singh Jaggi, MC Commissioner, Ludhiana, along with guest of honour Amarjit Singh Sekhon, joint commissioner, MC, Ludhiana, Advocate S.Jagmohan Singh Waraich, president, District Bar Association, also graced the occasion. M.G.M Public School’s managing director Gajjan Singh Thind and principal Poonam Sharma welcomed the guests. The aim of the school is to create congenial environment for students and mould them into intellectual mature, morally upright and spiritually inspired citizens. — TNS



Misinterpretation of circular
Teachers, students confused
Feel if golden chance is availed, one may not be eligible for admission to Class XI

Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Misinterpretation of a circular issued by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has created confusion among teachers and students of schools run under the education department of Punjab. The apprehension is that if any student avails the golden chance he/she may not be eligible for admission to Class XI.

One of the students, while sharing his apprehensions, said, "I am not clear whether I will be eligible for Class XI examination after passing the compartment/reappear examination by availing the golden chance."

He added, "What is the use of a pass certificate of class X if I am not able to get admission in the next class?"

The PSEB provides three chances to students to pass the compartment/reappear examinations. If any applicant fails to clear in these three chances, then the Board provides fourth chance to students. This is called a "Golden Chance". The PSEB charges a fee for this chance.

Sanjev Thapar, principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, said, "Last year, the Board also gave guidelines but when students approached the Board, authorities changed their decision. Basically, these are the problems of semester system. It often happens in initially stages of any system. A clarity is required in decisions ".

Wrongly interpreted

The board has issued no such circular for denying admission to students who take the golden chance. The circular was wrongly interpreted. It was the old circular. No one can deny admission to a student who has passed the examination, even if he/she avails the golden chance. — Dalbir Singh Dhillon, chairman, PSEB



Curbing drug menace
Police chief makes his phone number public
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
In a confidence-building measure, the Commissioner of Police, Ishwar Singh, has made his mobile number public and appealed to the residents to directly call him to pass information about drug peddlers operating in the city.

It was not the first time that the Commissioner of Police has made his number public to the residents. During his previous term also he had launched a crusade against eve teasing.

Ishwar Singh has made his cellphone number (78370-18501) public. In a communiqué issued here this evening the top police officer has requested the residents to cooperate with the police in curbing the menace of drugs. He said the identity of the victim would be kept a secret. Besides, the residents could also contact him in case of any law and order situation.

The commissioner has also appealed to the residents to make use of the traffic helplines. In a communiqué he said the residents could take help of the police if their car broke down or they met with an accident. He demanded the cooperation of residents in curbing wrong parking of vehicle and road-rage incidents.

He has stated that action would be taken against the shopkeepers who put their material on road thereby blocking traffic. The residents who put the construction material on road would also be penalised.

He said that the residents could contact at helpline 100 and 0161- 2770012 for assistance. The residents could call the traffic police and inform the latter about traffic jam outside a religious establishment or a religious procession leading to a traffic jam.



Industrialists told to adopt single window system
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Additional Deputy Commissioner (development) Pardeep Aggarwal conducted a meeting with District Single Window Clearance Committee (constituted under Punjab Industrial Facilitation Act, 2005) here today. While presiding the meeting, Aggarwal asked all the departments to make sure that required approval should be given on time to the industrialists for the development of industry in the state.

He also requested to the owners of industrial units to adopt district level single window system and also to get login id on the website of District Industrial Centre for the required approvals. He said it is an easy way to monitor the application for approval.



Sharing ways to crack competitive exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
Competitive exam experts organised a seminar and a workshop at Delhi Public School, Khanna.

The students received counselling and guidance on what it takes to crack the prestigious National Talent Search Examination. The experts from the renowned institution taught the students on how to manage their time and set goals for themselves.

The experts delivered motivational talks to build self confidence. The presentation gave insights to the students that will help them to confront challenges and overcome obstacles. The IIT-trained educators shared strategies with the students for preparing for and appearing in the exam.



Auto drivers manhandle bus driver

Ludhiana, April 16
The competition between auto-rickshaw drivers and city bus service operators took an ugly turn when four auto-rickshaw drivers manhandled a driver and a conductor of city bus service today.

“The cop also sided with the auto-rickshaw driver and reprimand me,” said Karamdeep Singh. Baljeet Singh, manager, city bus service, said the matter was resolved. — TNS



Artificial limbs distributed

Ludhiana, April 16
Meeting of the State Executive of Bharat Vikas Parishad, Punjab North, was held here today under the leadership of state general secretary Ramesh Vij.

About 100 members participated in it. On this occasion, 30 physically challenged persons were given artificial limbs. A statue of Swami Vivekanand was also unveiled. Ravinder Pal Sharma, president of the programme also addressed the gathering. — TNS



'Govt should re-think PTI teachers' issue'

Ludhiana, April 16
Gurcharan Singh Libra, vice president of Maths Teachers’ Association, and Gurbeer Singh from Master Cadre Union today condemned the decision of education department about PTI teachers. Gurbeer Singh stated that the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders and decision on education department caused resentment among PTI teachers. According to the verdict, the government has to revise the list of recruitment. ––TNS



DSP murder
Police remand of 6 extended
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
The local court today extended the police remand of Umesh, Pritpal, Harwinder, Ravinder, Davinder and Hassanjit, all accused in the double murder case of Moga DSP Balraj Singh Gill and Monica Kapila, till April 18.

Harpreet Sandhu, counsel of complainant KS Gill, father of DSP Balraj Gill, argued before the court of Judicial Magistrate Amarinder Pal Singh that the police remand of the six accused should be extended as weapons used for committing the crime were yet to be recovered.



41 shortlisted cricketers to be trained at RCC
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, April 16
As many as 41 players were selected after trials to be trained at the Regional Coaching Centre (RCC) being run here at Arya College ground. These players (U-19) were selected at the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association on April 13 at the same venue.

The names of the selected players are: Sunny Pandey, Mayank Bhagria, Nimit Malhan, Rajat Arora, Parul Mehndiratta, Chirag Maria, Abhinav Bhatia, Sandeep Singh, Nikhil Chaudhary, Gursharan Singh, Amritpal Singh, Paras Bhardwaj, Rajat Verma, Kunal Partap, Manan Jain, Bhupinder Singh, Navendu, Vinay Kapoor, Kunal Jaitwani, Harpreet Singh, Anuj Arora, Khushwinder, Pushkin, Shubham Abhlish, Nipun Dogra, Hartejaswi, Parul Kapoor, Neeraj Singh, Tanveer, Prabhtaj, Karanveer, Armaanpreet, Suraj Verma, Kabir Grewal, Pranay Kumar, Sumit Sharma, Brijesh, Udit Sethi, Bhupinder Singh, Ishaan Aggarwal and Angad Singh Chahal.

Former Punjab Ranji skipper, Ankur Kakkar has been named as the in charge of the centre. The Ludhiana team for the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-19) for the Dhruve Pandove Trophy will be picked up from the shortlisted trainees.

The tournament is to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at different venues from the second week of May, Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, said.



Anirudh to lead city U-16 cricket team
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, April 16
Anirudh Aggarwal has been selected to lead the Ludhiana district (U-16) cricket team in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship for the ML Markan Trophy to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association from April 20 onwards.

Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, said “Ludhiana open their campaign with a match against Chandigarh to be played from April 20 to 22 in Chandigarh.

Other members of the team are- Deepin Chitkara, Harnoor Singh, Manan Jain, Jaskaran Singh, Gurjot Singh, Ramandeep, Rohit (wicket keeper), Sher Bahadur, Balbir Singh, Jai Sharma, Raghav Sharma, Rahul Sikka, Kunwar Makkar, Saurabh Khurana and Manjot Singh.

Besides, five players have been selected as standby that include Rahul Khanna, Simar Singh, Manveer Singh, Shubendhu and Sumer Singh Virk. Charanjit Bhangu has been named the coach of the squad.



Chouhan is SABBA chief
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 16
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Faridkot district, Gurmeet Singh Chouhan, has been elected president of the State Amateur Ball Badminton Association of Punjab.

Chouhan was unanimously elected at a meeting of the association held at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, yesterday.

The meeting was chaired by its patron Rajinder Mohan Singh Chinna and attended by the representatives of all district units of the body.

Lakhbir Singh and JS Bhalla were elected acting president and honorary general secretary, respectively, of the association. It was also resolved during the meeting to authorize Chouhan to nominate other office-bearers of the association.



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